AppleInsider | Apple struggles with MacBook Pro demand

AppleInsider | Apple struggles with MacBook Pro demand

Strong demand for Apple’s new Intel-based MacBook Pro professional notebooks is there but supply of the computers still is not, says research and investment firm PiperJaffray.While the MacBook Pro officially began shipping about 2 weeks ago, the firm notes that the product is still not readily available through either Apple retail stores or the company’s online store.

“Specifically, in our checks over the last several days with 40 Apple retail stores, we found only 4 stores that had the MacBook Pro in stock,” analyst Gene Munster wrote in a research note obtained by AppleInsider. “Of the 4 stores that had stock, there were generally only 1-3 MacBook Pros in the store.”

Munster said 70 percent of the stores he surveyed have a waiting list of MacBook Pro customers, which shows that demand is clearly not the limiting component with the product. “As has been the case with the last several major Apple product releases, the company is having a hard time making the products readily available to buyers,” he wrote. “The good news is that demand for the MacBook Pro is clearly not an issue.”

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